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If I had a cancer as a child, will my children be at risk for cancer?
Will I pass on an abnormal gene to my kids that could cause cancer?
Should my children have genetic testing?
Childhood cancer survivors often ask these questions.
A genetic counselor can help answer questions about genetic testing and support families in their decision-making.
Counselors can also provide information about the risk of passing on a genetic condition that could increase the chances of developing cancer.
In general, genetic testing starts with the person who had cancer. If something is found, the person may choose to have his or her children tested.
Reviewed: March 2019